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this is al jazeera. welcome to the news hour. i'm jane dutton in doha. coming up in the next 60 minutes, nigeria attacks. two bombings in two days leaves more than 100 dead as the government struggles to deal with boko haram. egypt's former president hosni mubarak is sentenced to three years behind bars. china and russia sign one of the world's biggest gas deals after ten years of tough negotiations. a controversial turkish film
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is taking the top prize at this year's cannes film festival, but will it fall foul to censors at home. nigeria's government is desperately trying to restore security after a series of attacks, which have left more than 100 dead. in the latest violence an entire town was razed in the northeast. it comes as rescue workers comb through the rubble with a twin bomb attack in the central city of jos. no one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but most analysts suggest the armed group boko haram is to blame. we have a rot on the attacks in jos. >> reporter: the target was a busy marketplace. police say the bomb was packed in a minivan designed to cause as much death as possible. >> by the time i came out here,
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i looked out here. >> reporter: a second blast in a truck packed with explosives went off minutes later. it hit some of the initial response teams. >> what we've learned is that there's a second explosion. so there's one explosion, and everything person will lay on the floor. >> reporter: this is what was caused by the blast, the goods they were selling remain strewn all around. their lives are brought to an end. fire gutted the market, and police are saying they will have to go into them to see whether there are any bodies still under the rubble. jos has been a flash point for violence in the past but has seen two years of calm. until now a violent campaign has
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waged across the country. this attack is expected to be done by boko haram, an armed group based in the north that wants islamic law. they say that the president assures all nigerians that government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror, and this administration, he said, will not be cut by the enemies of human progress and civilization. the most vicious attack is kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls over a month ago. it attracted the world's attention. the french president was in paris on saturday where they agreed on a coordinated strategy to fight the armed group. a regional force will set up to patrol border areas, and france, the u.k. and united states committed more resources. but for the people who are shopping at this market, those plans may not be enough.
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while parliament agreed to extend a state of emergency in the north, more than 100 people lost their lives hundreds of kilometers away. al jazeera, jos, nigeria. let's take a quick look at where these attacks took place. the city of jos is in the plateus state between the largely christian north and south. the most recent target was a town in borno state close to where 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped last month. the arm group boko haram claimed responsibility for taking the girls. they've been blamed for the latest violence. it operates primarily in the north. let's talk about this latest attack. what happened, and what's the impact? >> reporter: well, actually the
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first attack happened in the village called shawa. i spoke to a community leader a short while ago who confirmed certainly there was an attack on monday and probably the same attackers moved to another location where they attacked the community. in the earlier attack on monday in the afternoon the fighters took some food items from the vitages and set their homes on fire and started to shoot in the villages. they moved to another town, and they confirmed at least 17 people were killed in the town. by the way, shawa is not far away, and people there expect it probably with more international attention focused now on finding the missing girls. probably there will be more security there, but from what i hear from these locals is what when the attack took place in these two villages, no security official was there to stop it. >> i was going to ask you about
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that. excuse me. jumping in here. the government has promised that it will track down boko haram. that it will protect the nigerians, and despite that these attacks are happening with greater frequency. let's not forget there's over 200 missing schoolgirls. >> reporter: absolutely. the government sort of in the last few days when global attention focused on nigeria regarding the missing girls, the government said it deployed more troops to the forests in the state to where it is suspected that these fighters are holding these girls. if you remember one year ago, a state of emergency was declared in the three states, and a massive deployment of the military and other security forces have been made to the areas. still, these attacks continue. the government feels it is winning the war against the terrorists and will do everything within its power to bring to an end the fighting as well as save those missing 276
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girls. so far what we're seeing, when the military moves to another location, these attackers mover to another. they know the area very well, and probably the only solution for the military is to join hands with local vigilantes who knows the area more than the military to have them identify the areas prone to the attacks can be saved. >> okay. egypt's former president hosni mubarak has been jailed for three years for stealing public money. his two sons were sentenced to four years and ordered to pay back $18 million of stolen money and fined an additional $3 million. >> reporter: the courtroom rises to hear the fate of one of the egypt's longest-serving leaders. once a president, and now a convicted criminal. hosni mubarak and his sons face more time behind bars.
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>> translator: the court orders, firstly, the sentences of mubarak to be sent to prison for three years and orders the sentences of his sons to four years in prison. >> reporter: they were found guilty of using $18 million of public money for private purposes, money intended to renovate the presidential palaces instead spent on family property. the sentence angered some of mubarak's supporters. >> translator: why don't they charge those that kill us every day? why do they do this to mubarak who protected us? no one can be happy with this ruling ever. >> reporter: there's another court case pending against hosni mubarak, a retrial for come police city of kills 800 protests three years ago. mass protests forced mubarak out of office in 2011 after 30 years as president. he was sentenced to life in
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prison in 2012 for the killing of protesters by security forces. that verdict was later overturned. he was released from prison in august 2013, but then a retrial was ordered. he's been under house arrest at a military hospital since then, but it's not yet clear if that time under house arrest will count as part of the sentence or if he will return to a military hospital and will be sent to prison. >> let's turn to a senior associate in the international negotiations program at harvard university. he joins me by skype from cambridge, massachusetts. what do you make of the sentencing? first he was sentenced to life -- charged with going to life -- prison for life, and then he was dropped down to three years. you wonder why they bothered. >> the context, the timing now after hundreds of brotherhood supporters have been sentenced to death and hundreds more have been placed in jail, and also
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many civilian dissidents has been sentenced to two-year and three-year sentences for demonstration. i think it was since all cases took three days or a week whereas this case went on for three and a half years almost now. >> what do you make of the timing and the fact that it's shortly before the elections? >> hard to believe that it's coincidental, of course. i think the courts recognized that, you know, sissi is going to be in power and they're doing what they believe is in the best interest of the incoming administration, which is to remove some of the pressure against them and the link between them and mubarak. of course, he was a high-ranking
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official under hosni mubarak, and they're both military men. i think it's important right now for him to be separated from the mubarak regime and show he's not -- his administration is not there to protect the mubarak regime or bring it back, and this sentence, i think, helps send that message. >> i can't imagine morsi getting the same kind of treatment, do you? >> no, probably not. >> we're going to have to leave it there. our apologieapologies. the sound was not great, and you kept on breaking up. staying in egypt, 155 muslim brotherhood supporters have been sentenced to jail and a third received life in prison. they were related to violence in the nile delta province of man sur in august following the coup that overthrew morsi. libya's air force chief is
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the latest military leader to turn against the government. he's decided to join forces with retired general hafta. they say the general is trying to stage a coup in his campaign against religious hard liners. at least two have been reportedly been killed in a rocket attack in the capital of tripoli. several buildings in the southwest of the city were destroyed in the fighting. despite the ongoing violence, a national election is announced for june 25th. there's another day of violence in yemen between the military and rebels. they've been fighting the central government for years and are trying to force the military to withdraw from the province. a moscow court convicted five men in connection with the murder of russian journalist
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anna. three men were acquitted in a previous trial. she was an award-winning investigative journalist shot in the elevator of her moscow apartment building in 2006. her writing was often critical of the russian president vladimir putin. china signeded a landmark deal to buy russian natural gas worth $400 bill. negotiations continues until the last few hours of putin's visit to shanghai. it's believed he's trying to strengthen relations with asia after the u.s. imposed sanctions on russia over the crisis in ukraine. from shanghai adrian brown reports. >> reporter: this is a keenly anticipated deal and one that's been more than ten years in the making. now, no figure on prices have been given, but it's widely reported that russia is going to receive some $400 billion from china in exchange for providing china with gas for the next 30 years. now, both countries get something out of this.
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russia gets the political and economic boost at a time when european union sanctions are beginning to hurt its economy. china gets what it needs most right now, which is energy to fuel its surging economy. this is a powerful symbolism, too. it shows that the economic gravity is shifting from the east to the west with china at the center. now, the two countries haven't always been friends. they almost fought a war 50 years ago, but today's signing ceremony demonstrating that their friendship as perhaps never been closer than it is now. >> we heard adrian mention ukraine there. nato says it's seen no sign of russian troops withdrawing from areas near the border with ukraine. that's despite russian president vladimir putin ordering forces back to home bases on monday. putin says he's withdrawing his troops to create what he called favorable conditions for ukraine's presidential election on sunday.
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there's much more to come on the news hour including billions in damage, hundreds of thousands left homeless. we'll be reporting on the aftermath of flooding in the balkans. claims of boat rigging of malawi's presidential elections pours over in a second day. we have the latest from the eastern conference finals as miami gets the title defense back on track. pakistani military says it bombed taliban targets in the northern tribal region. a spokesman for the military says at least 60 taliban fighters were killed in the north. the army claims those killed were involved in recent bomb attacks. we're live in islamabad. what more do you know about the attacks and the impact it's likely to have on the peace talks with the taliban?
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>> reporter: well, we know that the attacks have been early in the morning when military helicopter gunships were involved and aircraft of the pakistan air force pounded positions in the area of the north close to the afghanistan border. they said they had struck at targets, which includes ied factories, which is improvised explosive device factories. as you said, this comes at a time when there is a lot of question as to whether the peace talks would go ahead or not, and the military, of course, saying that it will go for swift reprisals against any attack that tapes in pakistan, whether it's against the military or the civilians. >> i was going to ask about the reprisals known as the tpp. considering this comes shortly after this rather threatening
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video released by its leader. >> absolutely. they released that radio on sunday and put to rest any talk of this. however, the pakistani government has said it has identified groups within the tpp who are still willing to talk to the pakistani government, and what the government is now trying to do is to isolate the groups that were still active and attacking security forces. the military wants to make sure that it goes for swifter reprisals after the government decided that there would be a quid pro quo for any taliban attacks across pakistan. >> let's leave it there. also in pakistan at least four people have been injured about i a bomb blast in karachi. a bomb exploded near the military office. one of the victims is in critical condition. the future king of england has been criticized for
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apparently comparing the russian president's policy on ukraine to hitler's actions in europe. prince charles made the comments in a private conversation while touring a museum in canada. he made the comparison between vladimir putin and adolf hitler while speaking to a jewish woman that fled poland before the nazi invasion in 1939. a grim picture is unfolding in the balkans region after record rain caused widespread flooding. millions of people have been affected in bosnia, serbia and croatia. hundreds of thousands of families have been left homeless, and now the water is receding and the true scale of the disaster is emerging. these are some of the worst affected areas. almost the entire northern serbian city of obernavac. the mayor in doboj says 20 have died in his city.
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serbia's biggest power plant is inundated. the complex on the river supplies about 40% of the country's electricity. it is now running at less than 20% capacity. let's get the latest from lillianna in the bosnia town of preador. what's the current situation on the ground in the north of bosnia? how many people have been affected by this now? >> when it comes about the region, over 2 million people have been badly affected by the floods. when it comes about bosnia only, over 1 million. these people have lost everything for the second time in the last 20 years. first, because of the war and now because of these floods. everything is destroyed. their houses, their crops, their cattle and chickens are all food production almost is completely destroyed. >> the water is receding in parts of north now, so what's the situation like there as the
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cleanup gets under way? >> reporter: well, the most difficult situation right now is still in doboj and several other towns. the cleanup is under way, and this is what you can see in these cities where water has withdrawn. it destroyed furniture in front of the houses, cleaning up and moving the destroyed part of the houses, floors, electrical stoves. so people don't have anything to sleep on or to cook on. >> you mentioned that the area was badly affected by the boz kneeian war. have people been able to overcome what happened to help each other? >> reporter: well, here i have spoken this morning with some of the badly affected families in
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the surrounding villages, and they told me that most of the help they got was from their neighbors and also from several other towns nearby. also, it's very important to emphasize that people in this -- in these affected areas need food, drinking water, and these masks because it is a great threat now that water has withdrawn and left all the mud around. it's really hot weather now here, and people are afraid of disease. there are also two other problems. mines and landslides. landslides have been shown already in several towns, and people are afraid that it might happen even more. water has brought down minefield markers, so we don't know now
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exactly where mines are. there's also a possibility that water might have brought them to towns with everything else with the debris that it has brought as well. >> very frightening situation. thank you very much for that, lilliana. there's hot weather now after the rains. let's find out more about the weather now. i believe a heatwave in many parts of europe. >> that's right. many eastern and central parts of europe are seeing plenty of sunshine over the past few days, and it's got incredibly hot. we could see from the temperature chart the hottest weather is up towards moscow there. 30 degrees is the maximum temperature that we saw today, and this is on display there. it's been very hot, and people are trying to get near the fountains in order to cool down a little bit. unfortunately, over the next few days it's going to be very hot, and again some of the hottest weather is likely to be in russia, so 29 degrees is the top temperature for tomorrow, and then dropping to 28.
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still, the average of this time of year is 19. so as you can see, we're a long way above that. we are in a heatwave currently. it's very different what's going on over the western parts of europe. we have all the clouds at the moment. it was sunny here until a couple of days ago when this low pressure rolled across us. now it will stick around through the next few days. if you're in the western parts of europe, do expect things to be pretty wet at times. that low pressure is going nowhere in a great hurry. all it's doing is pushing further towards the east, so more of us see that unsettled weather through the next few days. as it works its way eastward, we have thundery downpours over the central parts of germany on friday. they'll be heavy with lots of lightning. recommend stands accused of unlawfully killing two palestinian youth. the united nations and the united states are both demanding an investigation into the shootings, which were caught on video. a warning that some images in
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the report are disturbing. >> reporter: a take of widespread anti-israeli protests. it's the annual occasion marking the formation of the state of israel and of the palestinians and the catastrophe. a short distance away security camera footage emerged showing two palestinian teenagers shot and killed in two separate incidents. witnesses say neither posed a direct threat to the israeli soldiers who fired on them. a senior u.n. official agrees. >> the u.n. calls for an independent and transparent investigation by the israeli authorities into these two deaths and urges israel to ensure that its security forces strictly adhere to the basic principles on the use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials. >> reporter: from the u.s. state department, a careful statement asking for additional information. >> we are closely following this incident and the video. we're seeking additional information from the government
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of israel, so we certainly have been in touch. we look to the government of israel to conduct a prompt and transparent investigation to determine the facts surrounding this incident including whether or not these forces were proportional to the threat posed by the demonstrators. >> this is the video that triggered the outrage. in two cases an hour apart the two teenagers are shot within meters of each other. witnesses scramble to their aid, but neither survive. responses to the incident from israeli and palestinian officials were predictably polls apart. >> translator: this was a situation where there was a threat to life for the policeman that cooperated accordingly. i've seen many edited films. i haven't seen the clip but i'm familiar with the method. >> the fact that the united states and united nations among others asked for an investigation is proof that there is foul play and that there is an assassination by these soldiers against our young
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men. >> reporter: with multiple ongoing investigations of a similar nature, there's little optimism of a resolution in the palestinian territories. however, this is a rare case where the alleged incident was caught on camera. voting in malawi's general election has been extended for a day at voters protested. initial results came in, but opinion polls suggest the race for the presidency is too close to call. we have the report from blanti. >> reporter: he's surprised he gets a second chance to vote in the general election. it was meant to end on tuesday, but some polling stations didn't have enough ballot papers, ink or other voting material. voting stopped when angry protesters protested: >> the voting term has already
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gone, so we were worried. we went to the poll, and we have to come at 6:00 here. so we are very happy. >> reporter: 13 of the more than 4,000 polling stations got a one-day extension. that's less than 1%, so it's unlikely to change the final outcome. voters want to exercise their right. they hope there's no more accusations of electoral fraud. this is one of the trouble spots in the city of blanta. it's an area where security forces will be sent if they're disputed. some are already here. the malawi commission is telling people it's the only official source for results, but some political parties tell supporters they've won in certain areas. >> we do believe that those are going to win, and they will win with it. those that have lost have lost.
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at the end of the day there's a winner and loser. >> reporter: opinion polls indicate the race for the presidency is too close to call. there are four strong contenders running for the top job. they have been told final official results will be announced only when officials are ready. still to come on the news hour, why some syrian refugees in lebanon are willing to return to the battle zone in search of better health care. plus, thailand under martial law. we'll ask if the country is on the cusp of another military coup. meet the pakistan teen that put on a good showing on a fita world cup held in brazil. robin will be here to explain in about 20 minutes' time.
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welcome back. the top stories at this hour. nigeria's government is desperately trying to restore security after a series of attacks that left more than 1100 people dead. rescue workers are combing through the rubble of a twin bomb attack in jos. the latest violence, an entire town was razed in the northeast. china signed a landmark deal to buy russian natural gas worth $400 billion. it's believed moscow is strengthening relations are asia after the u.s. imposed sanction z on russia over the crisis in ukraine. mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement. his sons were also convicted and
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will spend four years behind bars. al jazeera has written to several world powers asking them to help secure the release of its journalists. they've been held in a cairo prison without trial for more than nine months. they accuse egyptian authorities of endamaging his life. he's been on a hunger strike for nearly four months and is continuing to refuse food. he recently confirmed he's been put in solitary confinements where there are attempts to force-feed him. the al jazeera letter has been sent to the u.s., french and british foreign ministers as well as senior eu and u.n. figures. in it the lawyer writes that his situation is of grave concern. his health is deteriorating and the egyptian authorities show no sign of providing appropriate medical care or bringing an end to his entirely unwarranted and indefensible detention without charge. three our al jazeera journalists have been held in an egyptian
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prison for 144 days now. the trial of the journalists is set to resume on thursday. they are falsely accused of conspireing with the outlawed muslim brotherhood. al jazeera rejects the charges against them and continues to demand their immediate release. mali's foreign minister called for the u.n. peace keeping force in his couldn't to be given more power. it comes as the security council held an emergency meeting on insecurity in northern mali. there's renewed fighting between the separatists and the army. james baez reports from new york. >> reporter: protests as the situation in northern mali remains extremely tense. these people are opponents of the mainly separatist group the mnla, which took chrome of parts of the town protesting a visit by mali's new prime minister.
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some carried posters saying no u.n. after the weekend clashes in which eight malian soldiers and 28 members of the mnla were reported killed. the situation is causes deep concern at u.n. headquarters where the security council met in a hastily confined session. they were addressed by video link by the head of the u.n. mission in mali. >> the priority is to revive the political process. the international community should be unanimous in the pressing of the armed groups that are signatory or adherence to the agreement. it can only be addressed and the results will be for political needs. >> reporter: talk of the need for reconciliation but sitting right next to him, the foreign minister of mali who showed absolutely no inclination to reach out to the mnla. ambassadors held him describe them like this.
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>> translator: they were heavily armed narco terrorists. mr. president, there is one aggressor, mnla and its accomplices who have attacked the prime minister's peaceful delegation. >> reporter: the latest violence is a major challenge for the united nations, which is supposed to have 12,500 troops in mali. currently, though, there's just over half that number. a separate french force known as operation serval providing the backbone for u.n. peacekeepers. there's a plan to use them to patrol part of sahal region between southern libya, northern chad and northern niger. that plan has been postponed. thousands of somali refugees in kenya are returning to crowded camps due to fear of harass ments by police.
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it follows an order that all illegal migrants leave urban areas. >> reporter: he brought his family to nairobi from the refugee camp in northern kenya two and a half months ago. they had been at the camp for three years after they fled violence and famine in somalia. he thought they'd have a better life here, but frequent attacks in kenya prompted the government to move refugees back into the camps or to their home countries. somalia was not an option for him. >> translator: the reason i can't go back to somalia is i have no money, and with the little security there, i have no reason to go back. >> reporter: so now they're on the move again, back to the country -- camp they struggled so hard to leave behind.
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here are other refugees heading back. life in the city has become unbearable. many somalis complain they're harassed by police. these refugees say they'd rather go back to the camp in the north than live with fear in the city. more than 5,000 refugees have returned to the camp, and roughly 300 deported. >> translator: we can't go to our homes. we are too scared. that's since this operation started. we cannot stay here any longer. >> reporter: human rights groups accuse the police of human rights abuses. government officials say the operation that started in march was inevitable and has been above board. >> these refugees are staying in areas and forget -- they will forget to tell them there's a reason for the situation. we need to really have them put in places where we can easily manage them. >> reporter: at the police
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station in nairobi's airport, 95 more refugees head for their flight back to somalia. an uncertain future in a country they thought they had escaped. thousands of civil police in at least ten brazilian states are holding a one-day strike over pay. they're demanding better working conditions and improved resources. it comes amid ongoing protests by homeless people in sao paulo because of the spiraling cost of the world cup. they set five buses on fire. they accused the government of misplaced priorities. at least 1,000 people living close to a volcano in el salvador have been forced from their homes because of increased seismic activity. the volcano which is close to san miguel city erupted on monday intoing ash and smoke into the air.
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the last significant eruption happened nearly 40 years ago. the head of thailand's military has been mediating talks between political opponents in bangkok. so far there's no break through. on tuesday martial law was declared across thailand. the military has been involved in 11 successful coups since the end of absolute monl narcy in 1992. the last was in 2006 when the armed forces removed the prime minister. the businessman turned politician has been living in self-imposed exile since 2008 avoiding corruption charges. his sister became prime minister in 2011. she was dismissed on may 7th at a court found him and nine ministers guilty of abuse of power. on the second day of martial law, scott hyder spoke to protesters about how they feel about the army on opposing sides. >> reporter: for eight years he's been a supporter of the
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thai party. he's part of the group known as the red shirts. a formal civil servant, he joined them because of the public health plans created by the a former prime minister and founder of the party. he does not see martial law as an army take-over of the government he supports. >> translator: i don't think it's a coup yet because they haven't announced that this is a coup. it's clearly military intervention. if something happens, we will march on the order of the red shirt leader. we're united for a democracy. whatever he says, we'll do it. >> reporter: despite martial law and the army's orders that the protesters must stay in position, the red shirts maintain their promise that they will cross the river if the elected government is removed from office. and this is where they would come. the stage for the anti-government protesters or the so-called yellow shirts some 25 kilometers away.
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a thai folk singer has been performing on yellow shirt stages for the last six months. >> translator: when the military stepped in, i think it was the right thing. the people wish to rely on them. so it's not like a coup. this is taking back the power. the power of the states is at the end of the gun barrel. the people want the reform. once the reform is in place, there will be an election. that's all. >> reporter: but political discussions moderated by the army have just started. there's a lot of ground to cover before there's agreement on a way forward that will be accepted by everyone. al jazeera, bangkok. south korean police are looking for the head of a religious sect wanting for the ferry disaster. they've been searched after they previously stopped police from going inside.
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the family owns it is company that ran the ship. more than 280 people died when the ferry capsized last month. india's launched the first woman-only taxi service. the project known as she taxi is run by women in the city. the owners hope to secure safe travel for women but also to encourage more female entrepreneurs. organizers say they plan to roll out 250 she taxis across the town. an anti-islamic group in the u.s. is using public transport to spread its message of hate. ads on buses are calling for the u.s. to end its support of all muslim countries. tom ackerman has more. >> reporter: 20 of washington's buses are carrying this sign through the city streets for the next month. the message? that the muslim koran prescribes hatred of jews. together with a photo of adolf hitler meeting the hosani.
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the ad is sponsored by pamela geller, a high profile activists that waged campaigns against the building of movengs in the u.s. she says islam is a danger to america. >> this is -- there's a call for genocide of muslims. it's in the koran. >> reporter: she says her demand that demands an aid to u.s. countries was provoked by it against israel. they recently posted it on city buses. muslim sifrl right grums say they're distorting islam but agitating religious conflict. >> the hate atmosphere that they generate leads to things like vandalism of mosques and discrimination against american muslims. it harms our society. hate is kroecorrosive to any society. that's what she's promoting.
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>> reporter: they draw disapproval but enjoy protection under the u.s. constitution's first amendment provision of freedom of speech. washington's transportation authority tried to turn down a previous set of anti-islamic ads by her group, but a federal court ruled as public property the buses kooncould not be subj the to political censorship. the response to geller's ads? free copies of the koran for anyone to examine the message for themselves. tom abbinger, al jazeera, washington. syria's war has had a huge impact on its tiny neighbor of lebanon. it has the highest proportion of refugees in the world. lebanon is hosting more than 1.1 million syrian refugees in the country of 4.5 million people. the influx of refugees has rattled the nation's economy and doubled the unemployment rate. the world bank says the war will
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have cost lebanon more than $7.5 billion by the end of 2014. in lebanon refugees struggle to obtain basic needs and health care. amnesty has documented cases of refugees in need of emergency treatment being turned away from hospitals. the reason? an inability to pay. the situation in lebanon is so dire for some refugees that some are risking their lives to get treatment by returning to war-torn areas in syria. we have more. >> reporter: this boy is only 15 years old. he was playing with his friends when a shell hit his neighborhood in damascus. he lost his hand and part of his genitals in the attack. he had surgery in syria, and then his family fled to lebanon, but now they might have to go back. he needs another operation and an artificial hand, but his family can't afford paying for it in lebanon, and aid
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organizations are not helping. they tell us to go to damascus, says his uncle, because it's too expensive here. >> translator: i will take him to damascus and put our lives at risk. we tonight pay for anything in damascus except for medicine they didn't have in the hospital, but they are the ones that launched the shell. >> reporter: so his family is left to seek help from the government they say is responsible for inflicting his injuries. this is exactly what amnesty international means when it says syrian refugees in lebanon are faced with agonizing choices. syrian refugees have little chance to get the health care they need here. in syria health services are free to all. but in lebanon it's a private system. health care is not affordable even for lebanon's poor, and so most syrian refugees can't afford treatment here. the u.n. and other aid agencies say they lack the sufficient funds to provide for all the refugees' needs, so they end
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prioritizing. the need for health care is huge. the camps where the refugees live do not have proper sewage systems, but food there is contaminated. disease spreads quickly here. this doctor volunteers to help the refugees. he gets frustrated when he sees easily treatable illnesses because life-threatening due to the lack of available care. >> translator: there are many cases that need expensive treatment like x-rays and scans, but this is all very expensive in lebanon. the government cannot afford it, and the private hospitals are not obliged to cover the costs. >> reporter: he's six years old and been diagnosed with a brain tumor and needs chemotherapy. to get the treatment he needs, his family spending around $300 to travel to the war zone in damascus. >> translator: we sacrifice our lives for the sake of our child. the road to damascus is not safe, but we have to go. >> reporter: refugees like these
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are now forced to return to the war they escaped. al jazeera, lebanon. coming up in sports, a day to forget for the new york yankees as they are outplayed and outclassed in chicago. robin is standing by with the details.
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our turkish movie is tipped at the favorite as to win at the cannes film festival. some say the film is a metaphor for the country's current
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political situation and issues with freedom of speech. from there we have the report. >> reporter: political statements or just a movie? definitely the latter they say. this turkish film is tipped as a favorite for the top prize of the cannes film festival, but there's just as much interest here in who and what it's based on. the director says though others appointed the prime minister and last year's crackdown on protesters. it tells the tale of a powerful wealthy man who dreams of playing god who has a skewed moral compass who tries to control the destinies of subjects. for the producer it's more a reflection of society than one particular individual. >> translator: there was a
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turkey in it, and turkey is a character, too. >> freedom of speech and expression is an issue that comes up time and time again with turkey. we've seen that this year with the likes of things on twitter and youtube. it's different because it tells political stories in a different way. it employs metaphors. the question is is that enough to grant it some form of immunity and will that keep the censors away. >> if journalism and movie making gets together, that kind of domain will be seen maybe as a threat. >> reporter: this movie about poverty and class exploitation was banned outright by turkey in the 1970s. so it's maker smuggled it out and brought it to the cannes film festival. that earned him seven years in jail. separating politics and pictures even though some would say still almost impossible. >> all movies are politics. you record reality and there's
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something about that you can't control no matter how many of a democracy turkey might be, there's an element to the way that the one person can control the lives of so many people. >> for now turkey's film industry is hopeful it will be left alone in the long term, and in the short term it will be taking home this years award, there's not long to wait now until the big announcement. al jazeera at cannes film festival. time for sports, i believe. robin. >> thank you very much. good to have you along. we start with the nba eastern conference finals and the miami heat have leveled the series for the indiana pacers for a winning game two. the pacers we understand into the final quarter one ahead but couldn't withstand the offensive power of lebron james and dwyane wade who hit 12 of the 22 points in the fourth and while wade added 10 to the top score for the heat. the reigning champion seals a win here. the city moves back to miami and
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take place on monday. >> i just play the game. however the game presents itself i try to take advantage of it. i need to do something for them. i did a great job in the third quarter of attacks and had two or three hits hit before it. i need to make a few buckets as well to help us in the fourth quarter. i was able to come through for it. >> today was just about how bad we wanted it. it wasn't about xs and os. it just was about how baddoo we want to win this game. we proved it and showed it. it wasn't a perfect game by no stretch of the imagination, but we kept fighting. we kept digging down deep, and eventually the game turned to our favor and to miami heat basketball. you know, we love those games. >> tough loss. you got to credit miami for making more plays down the
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stretch. they play a pretty good basketball game but had a couple of key turnovers and a couple of defensive breakdowns that led to threes, which were just big, big plays. we got -- it's a split. we'll respond and look at the tape and make adjustments and come back for game three. cricket news. sri lanka beat england at the oval in london after losing the toss-in. they capitalize on three dropped catches. they posted 183 for 7 of the 20 overs. the top scoring was 49 of 20 balls. alex halz made 66, but that proved to be the difference taking 3 for 28 as england finished on 174. sri lanka is winners by nine rounds in the game. the teams begin a five-match international series that begins at the oval on thursday. we count down the days to
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the start of brazil 2014, it's worth remembering that the country has already hosted a world cup. a month ago one of the big surprises was the world cup and pakistan. they use that success to raise awareness of the plight of 1.5 million street kids living in their country. >> reporter: among claiming the bronze medal from the world cup in brazil, the pakistanis returned home as heroes. the nine former street kids made headlines after the success in the tournament which included a 13-0 win against neighbor, india. >> translator: when i was on the street, no one cared for me, even my own family. now everyone realizes we have importance in the society and can do better if opportunities are provided to us. >> reporter: al jazeera first met him back in april as he and his teammates prepared to face in the world cup in rio. it was organized by a british
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charity and included teams from 19 countries. since they have returned to pakistan, they continued to raise awareness of the plight of street children by touring the country and playing local teams. >> translator: the main theme behind this campaign was to give a message to 1.5 million pakistani street children through these young footballers. that they can do better and bring fame to their country if they can be helped, trained and rehabilitated in a better way. >> reporter: for these kids ultimately now they're off the streets. this is the main goal. these kids are off the streets because we hosted a 13-nationwide four for them, with our foundation they have gained publicity throughout the whole country. now these children are in a great position now to go on and do something great in their lives. >> reporter: their success is also now recognized by the government, the country's national assembly signing a resolution to ensure the rights of the estimated 1.5 million
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street children living in pakistan. richard nicholson, al jazeera. cycling now. we're into the 11th stage. it's very much state of in the hands of the australian. it was a 173-kilometer stage started and finished close to parma. he came out in the final sprint to claim the third stage win of the tour. he finished behind him and holds on to his 52nd lead. mlb pitcher tanaka three-season long unbeaten came to an end. he signed a $155 million deal with the new york yankees and struck out seven chicago cubs batters. the yankees fell to a 6-1 defeat at wrigley field. his 42-game unbeaten run that started in japan in august 2012
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is now over. all of the day's big sports stories are covered in depth on our website, as well as how to interact with the team using twitter and facebook. thanks for watching. thanks for that, robin. the ownership of one of the greatest rock compositions of all time is being disputed in a court of law. [ music ] rock band led zeppelin is accused of copying part of its 1971 classic "stairway to heaven" from this. [ music ] >> that was the 1968 hit "taurus" played by spirit. surviving members of led zeppelin deny the acquisition. both groups toured together in the u.s. in the 1960s. thanks very much for watching.
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another full bulletin of news is coming up. >> i'm ali velshi, the news has become this thing where you talk to experts about people, and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news.
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